The National Juvenile Championships came to a close last weekend and it was the time for the 4 x 200M relay teams to show their metal. Three relay teams of Rathfarnham athletes made it to Athlone. First into action was the Girls Under 13 team of Sophie Maxwell , Jodie Ritchie, Claudia Manning and Philipa Mc Glynn. The girls finished 5th (1:59:00) in their heat, narrowly missing out in a place in the Final. The Boys U17 team of Andrew Kelly, Billy Conroy Roche, Oscar Comerford and Patrick Hickey finished 5th in their heat (1:45:76). The Boys U14 team of Marcus Adekoya, Ryan O'Neill, Cormac Keogh and Tom O’Regan won their heat (1:51:58). Then in a record breaking final, the boys in green ran 2 seconds quicker and took Silver in a time of 1:49:79. The winning team Dooneen AC took 5 seconds off the previous record.Well done to all the athletes that have put in the training throughout the Winter at Monday and Saturday track sessions . Roll on the outdoor season.
Words and photo by Shane O'Neill (SON Photography on an iPhone! !)